By Dean Bielanowski  
 

Olympus E-300 User Information, FAQ and Lens Page
 
Mini Review
I have owned the E-300 for about 4 months now. It is an 8 megapixel digital SLR camera that uses interchangeable lenses. The kit comes with a 14-45mm lens, but a second kit can be purchased with both the 14-45mm and 40-150mm lenses, and this kit offers excellent value for money. This is a great camera for anyone looking to migrate from point and shoot to a digital SLR. This camera has all the features of your regular point and shoot camera, including auto-focus modes and "P" mode, which is the basic point and shoot function, i.e. it will set shutter speed and aperture automatically for you. It also offers a full compliment of manual functions to give you full control of the exposure as well as manual focus options via the lens focus ring.
 
The built-in flash is also quite good as a default option, but you might want to consider an "add-on" flash if you plan on doing a lot of indoor shooting. Olympus make and sell several flash units for the camera, but I'd go with the Olympus FL-50 flash if you have the money. It is the most powerful flash in the Olympus line and works great with the E-300. If money is tight, the FL-36 flash is about half the cost and still a good option for indoor or low-light photography.
 
If you take your photography seriously, you probably want to buy some additional lenses for your E-300. The lenses that come with the kits are not too bad really as basic starters. Much better than lenses sold in kits with other brand cameras, but to get the best results out of your E-300, you will want some of the better lenses available for it. Olympus has a small, but growing range of high-quality Digital Zuiko lenses for the E-system cameras, and you can see many of them in the table below. These lenses will give the best and sharpest results when used with your E-300, and they are highly rated against the competition. Many are top of their class. You will get the best results using the Digital Zuiko lenses, although you can also use some older manual focus Olympus OM lenses if you have them. Be careful however, as not all old film lenses will work well with the E-300, and you will need the Olympus OM to four thirds converter to attach them to your camera. Some Tamron lenses will also work if you have both the Tamron > OM Apadtall converter and the OM > four thirds converter. I tried an older Tamron 80-250mm lens and didn't really have much success. Images were soft and out of focus, but I have heard some Tamron lenses from their SP range are a little better. The Olympus 50mm f1.8 film lens is also apparently very good on the E-system cameras.

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Lenses Available for the E-300 Series
 

Zuiko Digital 50-200mm f/2.8 - 3.5
A high-performance digital specific telephoto zoom lens that's one of the lightest and most compact in its class. This Zuiko Digital Lens includes 3 ED glass lens elements to correct chromatic aberrations and features a maximum aperture of f3.5. Like all Zuiko Digital Lenses, the barrel and all connections are designed using all-metal components and rubber seals make it highly resistant to dust and moisture. The 50-200mm zoom comes with a lens case, lens hood, removable tripod adaptor front and rear lens caps. Equivalent of 100-400mm in 35mm photography!

What's in the Box:
50-200 millimeter f2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital Zoom lens, lens hood (LH-70B), lens case (LSC-7), tripod adapter (TRA-72), lens cap (LC-67), lens rear cap (LR-1), instruction manual, warranty card

 

Zuiko Digital 14-54mm f/2.8 - 3.5
Part of our renowned Digital Specific LensTM line, the 14-54mm is a portable, high-quality Digital Zuiko wide-angle zoom that provides edge-to-edge sharpness and superb color reproduction. The fast f2.8/3.5 aperture makes it ideal for low-light situations while rendering a bright viewfinder image in the camera for easy focus and composition.

The 14-54mm f2.8/3.5 Zuiko Digital Lens features 15 elements in 11 groups, including 3 aspherical glass elements to minimize aberration and ensure sharp and accurate edge-to-edge detail. The smaller, lighter 14-54mm Zuiko Digital Zoom lens provides the power of a 28-108mm lens in 35mm photography.

Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/3.5 - 4.5
The interchangeable Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 lens (equivalent to 80-300mm in 35mm photography) is perfect for everything from portraits to sports scenes. It features a 3.8x zoom, a f3.5-4.5 brightness for effects like background blurring and compression, a new multi-coating and reliable metal lens mount, along with 13 elements in 10 groups and a weight of just 15.75 oz./450 grams (approx.)

If you are looking for a longer zoom option, the 40-150mm Zuiko lens is ideal and comes at a very affordable price for the quality of lens you are buying. Great for sports, wildlife, or general shooting and is very compact and light. Makes a great accompanying lens to the 14-45 included in the standard E-300 kit. This lens has better optics and is sharper than the kit lens too!

Zuiko Digital 11-22mm f/2.8 - 3.5
When you need wide angle lenses with great performance and fast apertures, Zuiko Digital Wide Zoom lenses can deliver. The superb optics are designed specifically for digital photography - delivering the highest image quality - with their design highlighted by two aspherical glass lens elements that help prevent aberrations and distortions. These elements combine with new multi-coating on the first two lenses, which contributes to the removal of ghost or glare that can occur with a wide-angle lens, so clarity of images is obtained at all distances. Floating focusing system results in close focusing distance of 0.28m (11.02 inches) for close-up macro shots. Ideal for professional use.

Designed to perfectly match the imager so light strikes the sensor directly, ensuring rich, accurate colors!

 

Zuiko Digital 150mm f/2.0
A high-performance telephoto lens that boasts high image quality and carrying ease. Extremely portable and designed specifically for digital photography like all of its Zuiko Digital counterparts this lens features a large maximum aperture of f2.0 (perfect for low light situations as well) and both ED and Super ED glass lens elements for outstanding sharpness and color.

AWESOME LENS!

Box Contents: 150mm f2.0 Zuiko Lens, Lens Hood, Lens Case LSC-0918, Instruction Manual, Warranty Card.

 

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